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5 Plants for Dazzling Fall Color

Dogwood (Cornus florida or Cornus kousa)

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Dogwoods deliver some of the richest fall color out there, as burgundy red melds with deep bronze and purple. Their berries, which are a great food for birds, add even more depth.

Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

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From golden yellow and juicy orange to carmine red, the American witchhazel shows off all the colors that fall has to offer. Learn more about its autumn-blooming flowers here.

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

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The oakleaf hydrangea is another great option for a kaleidoscope of color in just one plant. The coral pinks that blend into yellows and purples are especially stunning.

Staghorn Tiger Eyes (Rhus typhina Tiger Eyes)

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For astounding color, nothing beats the sumac family, especially the Staghorn Tiger Eyes. The lacy foliage adds movement and texture reminiscent of an exotic bird's feathers.

Amsonia (Amsonia hubrictii)

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Perennials don't often come to mind when we think of fall color, but amsonia brings a lot to the autumn garden with its full and extra fine foliage in bright yellows and oranges. Seeing it sway in the breeze is second-to-none.


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